StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, is launching the Take Off Your Boots campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and giving away tickets to the U2 360° Tour to those who participate. From May through July, StubHub with the help of Hard Rock Cafe, will host events in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle to collect new or gently used shoes. In exchange for donating a pair of shoes at these events, fans will receive a pair of U2 tickets.
Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.
"We are thrilled StubHub is making it easy for people in these cities to donate to our cause. We hope that as a result of the Take Off Your Boots campaign , Soles4Souls will be able to distribute thousands of pairs of shoes to those who are most in need," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.
There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of shoes at the Take Off Your Boots events, while supplies last. Shoes must be gently used or new to be accepted. The locations, dates and times of the shoe collection events are:
Denver (Hard Rock Cafe Denver, 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 120) -- May 20 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Seattle (Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, 116 Pike Street) -- June 3 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
San Francisco (Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco, Pier 39 #256) -- June 6 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles (Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd, 6801 Hollywood Blvd #105) -- June 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Miami (CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, FL) -- June 28 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Philadelphia (StubHub Last Minute Services Storefront, 900 Packer Ave.) -- July 13 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
New York City (StubHub Last Minute Services Storefront, 40th and Broadway) -- July 20 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Last year, after U2 postponed their tour many fans who purchased tickets through StubHub could not commit to the rescheduled shows. With StubHub's FanProtect Guarantee policy, these fans were able to return their tickets and receive their money back. Because it is StubHub's policy not to resell tickets, these returned tickets are now being used to encourage charitable giving through the Take Off Your Boots campaign.
"At StubHub our number one priority is taking care of our customers, which is why we were happy to jump in and make things right for those that were stuck with tickets they couldn't use in light of Bono's injury and subsequent U2 rescheduling of shows last year. By helping fans we also created an excellent opportunity to give back. We are excited to partner with Soles for Souls and see this campaign as a fun way to incentivize charitable giving," said Ray Elias, senior director of marketing for StubHub.
Those unable to make it to the events who still wish to donate shoes can find easy, step-by-step instructions on the Soles4Souls website: www.soles4souls.org.